Thirty Years On

It is hard for me to believe that it was in October of 1981 that I was ordained to the pastoral ministry. Where has those thirty years gone? Yes, I wonder where the years have gone. They seem to have slipped by so quickly and it seems to be like yesterday that hands were laid on me as I was set aside for ministry.

Here it is thirty years on and ponder how God has worked in my life.

He has taught me many things. Like patience with other people who don’t seem to be on the same page as me. Or people who say they will do something but don’t. I have learned that there is nothing that I can do to change them. That is up to God.

Another thing that I have learned is to let God do His work. I am getting better at leaving the things of God to God and concentrating on the work that He has given me to do. The tricky part is discerning what that is. The only way that I can do this is through prayer and right now I am trying to build up my prayer life so that I can serve Him better.

A third that I have been taught is not to let life get the best of me. This is a hard one because life is constantly in your face. I have a long way to go but I am slowly learning to let go and let God.

I must also live in the goodness of God and remember that God is good all of the time and all of the time God is good.

For that I praise His name!




About faithfullyhis

My name is Charles Quail and I am a retired Baptist pastor who lives in Dunnville,a small town southeast of Hamilton, Ontario. I also write a weekly column for our local newspaper, The Sachem. It is a column that I have been writing for about eight years. I am married and have two grown daughters. My best buddy was my dog Max, who is now chasing bunny rabbits in sky. I miss him terribly. My reason for wanting to write a blog is friends have told me that this is the next logical step in my writing career. My hope and prayer is that many will be both challenged and blessed by what I write.
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